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13-Jul-03 05:02 PM
190th Bhanu Jayanti Celebration and International Nepali Literary Best Book Awards winner announcement in Washington D.C.
Dear DC Metro community members,
International Nepali Literary Society, Washington D.C. would like to thank everyone who came to the 190th Bhanu Jayanti event on Saturday as well as "TA TA SARAI BIGRIS NI BADRI" movie event on Sunday. Your support and participation in these events goes long way in sustaining the community projects such as Nepali School (http://www.inls.org/nepali ), Sagarmatha Television (http://www.sagarmathatv.com ) etc for longer period and in keeping Nepali identity alive in the Diaspora.
We hope you liked the movie "TA TA SARAI BIGRIS NI BADRI" and would like to cordially invite you to our next joint movie screening. Please stay tuned to Sagarmatha Television and nepalhorizons.com for next movie screening announcement. Please request your friends and family to subscribe to nepalhorizons.com mailing list to receive up to date community news/views/events announcements. You can subscribe to nepalhorzons.com by visiting this page http://www.nepalhorizons.com/misc/listserv.html and following the instructions there.
Attached below are news report about the Bhanu Jayanti event in Nepali and English language for everyone's information.
Sincerely, Puru Subedi President 2003-04 International Nepali Literary Society Washington D.C.
The 190th birth anniversary of Nepali poet Adi Kavi Bhanu Bhakta Acharya celebrated in Washington DC
Kiran Sitoula Treasurer: International Nepali Literary Society Editor: Nepalipost.com
The 190th birth anniversary of Nepali poet Adi Kavi Bhanu Bhakta Acharya was celebrated under the aegis of the International Nepali Literary Society (INLS) based in Washington D.C. Event was held in Leesylvania State Park, Woodbridge, Virginia.
About 100 people from all walks of life gathered for a whole day of fun and entertainment that included a pot-luck picnic, volleyball game and a poetry recitation ceremony by public to honor the man who unified Nepalese through the lucidity and simplicity of the translated Balmiki Ramayana. During the event, Editor-in-Chief of INLS, Homnath Subedi also announced Sragadhara Epic authored by modern prolific poet Ramesh Khakurel as winner of the best book award for outstanding contribution to Nepali literature; Sudha Tripathi won the Late Dr. Dilliraj Timsina award for her Bhupi Kabyaka Bangmaya Chetana under the outstanding contribution to Nepali literature by a female author; and Krishna Khanal won the Late Dr. Dilliram Timsina Memorial Best Book Award for first published outstanding contribution to Nepali Literature by a new author for his work, Prof. Harinath Khanal: Jiwani ra paribesh. Winners are awarded NRs. 50,000, NRs 20,000 and Rs. 15,000 respectively. Poet Ramesh Khakurel who was present during the occasion announced that he would double the purse of NRs. 50,000 and would make contribution to Aankha Swayam Sewi Prakashan Sangh- based in Kathmandu Panipokhari.
Bhim Prasad Regmi, election officer also announced the newly elected officers of INLS for year 2003/04. Puru Subedi, Kamala Sarup, Gopal Regmi, Sameer Khakurel and Kiran Sitoula were elected as President, Vice- President, General Secretary, Secretary and Treasurer respectively. Chief guest First Secretary of the Royal Nepal Embassy, Mr. Rudra Nepal opened and the ceremony and those present in the event placed garland on the portrait of the poet and other distinguished guests also spoke of poets work, life and achievement. Deepak Khadka spoke about the technicalities involved regarding writing Gajal and Simon Dhungana read an English translation of Ghasi poem by a western author. President of INLS, Puru Subedi informed the Nepali community about the plan to install a statue of the poet with the help of Indira Foundation (www.indirafoundation.org) in the near future and to award a scholarship to a student of Nepali Literature for higher education. Artists Durga Kharel and Tika Pun sang selected songs of Late Narayan Gopal. DC Athletics Club won the Bhanubhakta Memorial Volleyball Tournaments.
While historian Pratyoush Onta (Kathmandu Post, October 27, 1996 Book Review) continues his quest to challenge the credits of Bhanu Bhaktas Ramayana in Nepali Society, Nepalese diaspora in North America, once again continues to celebrate the history without too much delving in the real history of how it all began.
(For more information about INLS, please visit http://www.inls.org)
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